Saturday, March 2, 2013

Will you or your film be at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival ?


The Cannes edition of Film India Worldwide is now getting ready. This special issue will provide an overview of the spread of Indian presence in Cannes, providing names and contacts of those who will make the most of Cannes during its ten hectic days. 

The most important news would be films from India, or connected with India, that have been selected in any of the official main sections -Competition (features and shorts), Un Certain Regard, Camera d’Or Critics Week, and Director’s Fortnight. 

In addition, we would be interested in featuring Indian films or films that connect with India that have been selected in the Short Film Corner, and Cine Fondation.

A major section is devoted to India at the Cannes Film Market. 
Film India Worldwide lists the Indian participants at the Cannes Film Market giving their coordinates as well their areas of special interest and negotiation when they are in Cannes. We request Market Delegates from India to please contact us with this information.

Indian films being screened in the Market can be listed as well.

We look forward to carrying news about your presence in Cannes. Please contact Uma da Cunha at uma.dacunha@gmail.com  

Friday, March 1, 2013

IFFLA Announces Opening and Closing Films



 THE 11th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT GALA FILMS

Anurag Kashyap’s GANGS OF WASSEYPUR will make its Los Angeles Premiere

as the Opening Night Gala film.

The festival will close with Deepa Mehta’s MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN.

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 28, 2013) – Today, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced its opening and closing night red-carpet galas. Anurag Kashyap’s GANGS OF WASSEYPUR will open the festival, while Deepa Mehta’s MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN will feature as the closing night film. The full line-up of screenings and events will be announced by mid March. The festival is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally. Celebrating its 11th year, IFFLA will run April 9 to 14 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception.

Epic in scope, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is a mafia revenge saga chronicling the violent and bloody decade long turf war between two mob families. Set in the tumultuous times of India's Independence and industrialization, GANGS is a powerful and gritty portrayal of an era past. Part I will screen as the opening night film, while Part II will screen the following evening. GANGS made its world premiere at the 2012 Cannes' Directors Fortnight, to rave reviews. Director Anurag Kashyap first came to IFFLA in 2005 with his film BLACK FRIDAY.

"I am happy to be back where I started my journey, before my films got released, before they went anywhere they came to IFFLA,” said Kashyap. “I have been missing IFFLA for many years and this year, no way in hell am I going to miss it. "

Oscar©-nominated director Deepa Mehta brings her latest masterpiece, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, to IFFLA, taking audiences on a poetic and visual journey scaling time and space. At the stroke of midnight on August 15,1947, as India proclaims Independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched at birth. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of poverty, and Shiva, the offspring of upper echelon, are fated to live their intertwined destinies. With a star studded cast and lush cinematography, Mehta casts a spell of wonder, magic and delight. Narration is by Salman Rushdie, author of the epic and beloved Booker Prize winning classic novel. Deepa Mehta returns to IFFLA after her Oscar©-nominated film WATER had its Los Angeles premiere at the festival in 2006.

“We’re delighted to welcome back two beloved filmmakers of IFFLA,” said Christina Marouda, IFFLA’s Founder and Chair of the Board. “We believed in Anurag’s talent from the very beginning. We’re now thrilled to have him back as a worldwide acclaimed filmmaker. And we once again look forward to sharing Deepa’s new and always thought-provoking work with our Los Angeles audiences.”

Both films have played at top-tier festivals worldwide, garnering critical acclaim, and both will have their Los Angeles premieres at IFFLA. GANGS director Anurag Kashyap and producer Guneet Monga, as well as Deepa Mehta of MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN will be in attendance.

Tickets and Passes

The 11th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 9-14 at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Festival Passes and Gala tickets go on sale March 1 at the festival's website. Individual screening tickets go on sale March 22. For more information please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org or follow us on Twitter (@iffla).

About IFFLA

Now in its 11th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

The six-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase more than 35 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated opening and closing red carpet galas, and the closing awards ceremony. This year will again bring back the wildly popular “Bollywood by Night”series, and feature seminars as well as live music and dance performances. IFFLA will also host the 6th annual Industry Leadership Awards, honoring entertainment industry executives who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership within and in relation to the Indian entertainment industry.

For more information: http://www.indianfilmfestival.org.

About ArcLight Cinemas

ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas, with locations in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, and El Segundo, offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (only at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the-art "black box" auditoriums as well as a cafe bar and a cinema-focused gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee and printed at home and at the theaters' automated ticketing kiosks. For more information about ArcLight visit http://www.arclightcinemas.com/.

OPENING NIGHT GALA

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR I
Los Angeles Premiere
India/2012/159 minutes
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Writers: Zeeshan Qadri, Sachin Ladia, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Anurag Kashyap
Producers: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Sunil Bohra
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chaddha, Reema Sen, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nawazuddin Siddiqui,

Logline: Vengeance is Inherited
Hindi with English Subtitles

CLOSING NIGHT GALA

MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN
Los Angeles Premiere
Canada/United Kingdom/2012/148 minutes
Director: Deepa Mehta
Writer: Salman Rushdie
Executive Producers: Deepa Mehta, Dilip Mehta, Salman Rushdie, Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding, Steven Silver, Neil Tabatznik, Elizabeth Karlsen, David Hamilton, Stephen Woolley
Producer: David Hamilton
Cast: Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran,
Siddharth, Ronit Roy, Rahul Bose, Anita Majumdar, Zaib Shaikh, Anupam Kher

Logline: Born in the hour of India's freedom. Handcuffed to history.
English and Urdu with English subtitles

Stills for both films available upon request.
  
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Thursday, February 28, 2013

FROM AFAR – FIW Vol X Issue 1 (February-April 2013)

 

Jadoo  
(Magic)             
Amit Gupta
United Kingdom

IMG_4634.jpgJadoo, a British film set in Leicester, has a world premiere private screening at 2013 Berlinale. Amit Gupta has written/directed the film (his debut film Resistance garnered him the Writers Guild’s Best First Film Award nomination). Jadoo tells the story of two brothers, Raja and Jagi, both wonderful chefs, who fall out and tear the fabled family recipe book in half. One brother gets the starters and the other gets the main courses. Setting up rival restaurants on opposite sides of the road, they spend the next ten years trying to outdo each other. Each one can cook only half of the perfect Indian meal, which drives them mad. The daughter of one of the bothers, a successful London lawyer, is getting married. She goes to Leicester to try and reconcile her father and uncle so that they are one family again, and besides, their combined talent can come together to serve the perfect Indian feast at her wedding, food here a metaphor for family. The DOP is Roger Pratt (Inkheart, The Karate Kid), and the music score is by Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot). The film stars Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Harish Patel (Run Fatboy Run), Kulvinder Ghir (Bend It Like Beckham), and Tom Mison (One Day, Parades End), with celebrity chef/actress, Madhur Jaffrey. Jadoo is produced by Richard Holmes, Amanda Faber (Resistance) Isabelle Georgeaux (Resistance) and Nikki Parrott (The Market: a Tale of Trade).  

Sandcastle           
Shomshuklla

IMG_0935Well-known theatre personality, writer and poet, Shomshuklla, is ready with her first feature film, Sandcastle. The 82-minute film is in Hinglish (a mix of Hindi and English). It follows Sheila, a home-maker, an aspiring writer and a loving mother. From an outsider’s perspective, she appears to have an enviable life: a successful husband in the corporate world, a lovely home, a place in elite upper middle-class society, an adorable daughter and a supportive family by her side. Her brother keeps urging her to be less docile and stand up for herself. She evolves as a writer encouraged by her publisher Kaushik. It is only then that she discovers that her married life has flaws. She develops an alter personality, one she would like to be as against the one she is. She seeks to rebuild her life, in the way sand castles are created on a beach. “The women of today are a far cry from the women of the 60s and even the 90s. My film shows them in a new light - the women of changing India.” The film’s credits: direction, story, script, production and art design, Shomshuklla. Cinematography, Ritam Banerjee. Original music, Ankur Mukherjee. Editing, Shashi Kumar. The cast includes Shahana Chatterjee, Malvika Jethwani, Rajat Sharma and Uditvanu Das. The film is produced by Bhaskar Das. Shomshuklla, raised in Kolkata, started her career as a Hindi pop singer and cut nine albums, followed by a stint as a columnist with Asian Age and the online, kolkatamirror.com. She has published poems, both in Bengali and English. She staged nine plays, one of which travelled to the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She now lives in Mumbai with her husband and son. Among her other interests are Sufism and the reflective verses of Rumi.   


Alex Hindustani   
Raja Bundela
India

Front PageThis Hindi film takes the unusual stance of seeing two sides of the enemy. The film’s byline is ‘The Englishman who rebelled against the British Empire‘. The year is 1925. James Anderson is posted in Central India as the political agent to His Majesty’s government. When his ailing wife dies in England, his only child, Alex Anderson, comes to India. Pyarelal Suman, personal assistant to Anderson, is entrusted with the task of introducing Alex to his alien surrounds and also keep him safe from insurgents. On one such foray, Alex meets the daughter of a prominent freedom fighter and develops a liking for her. This causes dissension among the locals and Alex is kidnapped. On his release, Alex makes it clear which side he is on. Alex Anderson becomes the India patriot, Alex Hindustani. Produced by Omkam Films, the film’s DOP is Rajesh Joshi. Its music is by Uttam Singh. The distinguished cast includes Tom Alter, Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Yashpal Sharma and Sushmita Mukkherjee. Making his acting debut in the lead role is young James Alter, the son of the accomplished Tom Alter.


One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das
Jeremy Frindel
USA

KDvintage1Showcasing in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Cinesonic section, this film tells the story of Jeffrey Kagel, who in 1970, gave up all he had in suburban Long Island and travelled to the foothills of the Himalayas, where he studied under Neem Karoli Baba. He later emerged as Krishna Das, the world-renowned chant master and spiritual leader, helping to bring what he had learned to the West. The film follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das. Brooklyn-based Jeremy Frindel earned a BA in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music in 2001. He has worked as an editor and sound editor on films such as Junebug, Some Kind of Monster, and Bernard & Doris. One Track Heart: The Story Of Krishna Das is his first feature film. With a music score by J Mascis and Devadas, this is the inspiring story of how one man’s man’s heart-expanding journey continues to transform countless lives.


Blood Brother - Documentary
Steve Hoover
India, USA

bloodbroWinner of the Grand Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award in the documentary section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this 92-minute documentary is directed and edited by Steve Hoover and co-written by him alongside Phinehas Hodges and Tyson VanSkiver. It follows Rocky Braat who went to India as a disillusioned American tourist. When he met a group of children with HIV/AIDS, he decided to stay on in India. He never could have imagined the obstacles he would face. Or the love he would find. Rocky Braat plays himself and Steve Hoover is the narrator. John Pope is the cinematographer. The original music is by Danny Bracken, A J Hochhalter, Keith Kenniff, Joseph Minadeo and Wytold. The sound effects editor is Ken McGill. The film is produced by Danny Yourd.  


Bibek
Purab Kohli
India, Nepal

19This 38-minute short film shot in Nepal is the tale of a feisty street-kid, Bibek, living in Kathmandu, who scams all and sundry to survive and pay for his addiction to cheap inhalants and local alcohol. After conning a few tourists of their money, he works as a ticket taker on a night bus to return to his hometown, Pokhara. Once there, he sees some Buddhist monks accepting alms. Realizing that they have money, he senses a target. He gets the bright idea to start renting a bicycle by the hour to a novice monk. During their cycling sessions, Bibek begins to confront his own identity as a khatay (a derogatory word for street kid). He talks of his drug-addicted brother, his own drug use and his hopeless future. His time with the novice monk leaves a lasting impression on Bibek. The cast, from Nepal, includes the lead child actors Bibek Tamang, Bhawan Thapa (both then age 11) and Krishna Lama. The DOP is Pooja Sharma. The music director is Rahul Pais and Sally is editor. Producer Pamela Sciantarelli has also written the screenplay. The post-production is handled by Prime Focus. Director/producer Purab Kohli has made his name in India as an actor with his biggest title to date being Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On!! Purab has starred in nearly 20 films and hosted television shows. He now looks forward to making feature films. 

                                                 
Gawah
(Witness)
Gauri Chadha
Dubai, India

GAWAH5This 22-minute documentary is on the psychological trauma of victims of the horrific events of the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition, the 26/11 terrorist attack in 2008, and the July 13 serial blasts in Mumbai in 2011. It captures the agony of the distraught minds of these sufferers. Do these memories ever fade away or is one entrapped in the devastating times? Gauri says, “On a cold Thanksgiving dinner in London, my attention was glued to the news flash of friends and family, concerned about their loved ones in Mumbai. 26/11 had taken over an entire city. A severe curiosity came from within me to feel connected to these victims. When all the news coverage went away, absolutely nothing! The aim was to bring these voices on a global platform across cultures.” Chadha believes that the medium of film is the most powerful for creating change. She says, “It transcends through all borders, cultures and barriers.” Gauri Chadha studied at the Met Film School at Ealing Studios in London, breaking its record of the highest applicant accepted. Shuffling between Hollywood and Bollywood projects such as Mission Impossible (2011) and Gandhi of the Month (2012), she now  has six short films, a short feature and a documentary in her repertoire.


Outlawed in Pakistan    
Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann
Pakistan, USA

Outlawed in Pakistan 1From the sub-continent, this film (2012, HD Cam, 39 mins) screens at the Short Film program of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It is also one among the eight films selected for support from JustFilms, the Ford Foundation’s social justice film fund launched in 2011. JustFilms is providing major support to eight independent films selected for competition that will premiere at Sundance this year. Outlawed in Pakistan revolves around a 17-year old Pakistani girl, Kainat Soomro, who is fighting a case against four men from her village who allegedly gang-raped her. She has to face a deeply flawed criminal-justice system in Pakistan. Spanning over five years, the story is told through the perspective of Kainat and the four men accused of her rape. Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann have also handled the camera, sound and production. The editing is by Hemal Trivedi. Habiba Nosheen is a New York-based multimedia journalist, and Hilke Schellmann is a video journalist for The Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Debut section–FIW Vol X Issue 1–February-April 2013

One Raised to the Power of Five  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Rajiv B Menon

Mumbai-based Rajiv B Menon’s debut work presents five different short films that merge together to convey the progressive stages of a woman’s life. The first episode is on the loss of innocence. It then moves into the concept of love and lust. The third episode explores the complexity of relationships. The fourth dwells on the chicanery of social conditioning. The last episode ends with a search for perfect love. The visual style of each segment is different and pertinent to what each one seeks to convey. Juxtaposing five genres in 88 minutes, each episode stands by itself, but taken sequentially, they trace life’s journey from the forest to the concrete jungle. Director Menon has written, directed and produced the film. The cinematography is by Jai Singh and Gautami Vegiraju. Ved Nair scores the music and serves also as the sound designer. The cast comprises V R Laxmi, Mann S Sirohi, Gayatri Patel, Shahwar Ali, Kiren Jogi, Rashaana Shah, Himanshu Malik, Shrivas Nydu and Ankur Phani. Director Rajiv B Menon has worked extensively on the creative and production sides of filmmaking. He was the project co-ordinater and narration script on the documentary, Riding Solo to the Top of
the World
(2005), and creative producer on One Crazy Ride (2008), both directed by Gaurav A Jani. He then worked as associate director on Shivam Nair’s feature film, Ahista Ahista (2006).  He makes his debut as director with One Raised to the Power of Five.    

500 & 5            Screenshot (25)
Raghu Jeganathan

Raghu Jeganathan’s impressive first film premiered at the 2012 International Film Festival of Kerala. Based on his own script, 500 & 5, in the Tamil language, it presents an ensemble of five short stories. They are linked with a common running motif - a 500 rupee note that travels through five different characters. Adiyaalukku Podiyaal (The Goon's Stooge), follows a superstitious lackey who wants to become a gang leader.  Mr Adi is on a top-rated film director Adi, desperate to win back his wife but the silence between them is too large to fill despite their own feelings. Number Sollunga (Number Please), is on Sundari, a straight-talking young woman who works in a phone recharge shop and what she wants is to safeguard the souvenir her lover gave her. Jenny’s Shadow is on a girl whose tight-rope walk between psychedelic reality and nightmarish fantasy lands her in a self-destructive vortex. Agni Kunjondru Kandaen (I found a spark of fire), is on a nameless, avant-garde revolutionary who ignites a moneyless rebellion to raze down the capitalistic juggernaut. With cinematography by Mohandass Radhakrishnan, the film’s music is by Sivapragasam. The cast comprises Deepak Sundarajan, Sivashankar Srinivasan, Living Smile Vidya, Chinnu Kuruvilla and TM Karthik Srinivasan. Raghu Jeganathan writes, directs and creates stories for the screen because of his cathartic need to offset an indifferent world. His shorts and documentaries have screened at various film festivals (Los Angeles, New York, Germany and India). His earlier script, Aravan, was among the top ten finalists at the 2010 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Film Fund development grant program.

Chayilyam          Chayilyam3                
(Hues of Red)                                   
Manoj Kana

Manoj Kana’s debut feature took almost five years to raise money through crowd funding elicited from individual contributions. The film has no producer. The completed film has been received so enthusiastically that it has travelled to a clutch of India’s international film festivals held towards the end of 2012 (Kerala, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru and Delhi). Set in North Malabar, Kerala, the film draws from the orgasmic energy of Theyyam, the dance ritual in which “gods/goddesses and the valiant dead come to life” in vibrant forms. It follows a female Theyyam artiste who finds herself sidelined owing to the prevalent unbending rigid tradition. The central character is Gouri, who attains the status of a Goddess. A widow recovering from her husband’s death, Gouri is pulled in different directions by vested interests around her. The locals worship her as a deity while her father-in-law wants to give her a normal life. She is able to fend for herself by breaking away from her social obligations and the rigid traditions that bind her. With cinematography by K G Jayan, the music is by Chandran Veyattummal, and the cast comprises M R Gopakumar, Anumol K, Jijoy P R and Prevish. Director Manoj Kana is a veteran Malayalam theatre artiste. He has directed and staged 15 stage plays and 30 street plays, among which Piranha (2007) and Uratti (2005) won Kerala State awards.

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(The Lone Sky)                 
Sandipan Roy             

Ekla Akash is a story of love, despair and infidelity. It deals with the troubled marriage of a young couple, Arijit and Nisha, whose being together seems to be doomed although they have a child. The reason in the main is Arijit’s infidelity as he is having an affair with his colleague, Tanuka. Arijit also has doubts regarding Nisha’s special relationship with her mentor S R, who is a film director and wants to mould her into becoming a film star. Eventually he does make her a star, which aggravates the situation further. Husband and wife both realize their mistakes and try to mend their marriage. The film has the accomplished director Goutam Ghose playing the role of Satyabrato Roy. Others featured in the film are Parambrato Chatterjee as Arijit and Parno Mitra as Nisha, alongside Debleena Dutta, Rudranil Ghosh and Lolita Chattopadhyay. Shibashis Bandopadhyay has written the screenplay and dialogues. Its cinematography is by Manoj Kumar Mishra. The music is scored by Jeet Ganguly and the editing is by Argha Kamal Mitra. The 138-minute film in Bengali is produced by the Mangalam Group, and marketed and distributed by Shree Venkatesh Films Pvt Ltd. Director Sandipan Roy works for a Bengali news channel. His driving ambition has been to make a film, which he has achieved with this maiden venture. He is now working on his second feature film. 


All I Want Is Everything  Aiwe_filmphotos05
Shital Morjaria

To see women as close friends in a film and portraying them as having a good time, without a love angle, song or a villain, is a rare feature in Indian cinema, which is the intention in All I Want Is Everything. In the cosmopolitan city of Hyderabad, South India, three girls, Nidhi, Vaijanti and Trisha, join a film appreciation course. The film is based on their journey of friendship where the girls bond and find the strength through each other to deal with  problems in their individual lives. This 62-minute film in English is shot on HD in the DTS sound format. Written and directed by Shital  Morjaria, the film stars upcoming screenwriter/director Sampada Harkara, an alumnus of the Puttnam School of Film, (Singapore), singer and upcoming actor working with Google, Sagari Venkata, and a young rap singer, Iantha Mitchell. Debut director Shital Morjaria works as the executive producer for the news channel TV9. Her show ‘Naveena' based on women’s issues won the Goenka top journalism award. Producer Jhansi Laxmi is well-known in Andhra Pradesh’s broadcasting and movie industry. Co-producer Dr Rekha Pappu teaches at Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences. This film has screened at the South Asian Film  Festival, Goa (SAFF October, 2012), Third Eye Film Festival, Mumbai (December 2012) and Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala (February 2013).

Monday, February 25, 2013

Call for Entries - 13th New York Indian Film Festival (April 30 – May 4, 2013)

 

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13th New York Indian Film Festival (April 30 – May 4, 2013) is calling for entries for features, short films, documentary features and short documentaries. Features should be of 40 minutes or longer duration and shorts should be under 40 minutes.

The entries are divided into two categories: Indian Diaspora Cinema and Indian Independent Cinema. The former invites films made by filmmakers of South Asian descent living outside the sub continent and films made by non-South Asians featuring significant South Asian content, inspiration and subject matter. The latter calls for the works of independent filmmakers from India.

For the first time, the festival will present the Best Student Film Award and is calling for student films (5 minutes or less). There is no entry fee for these entries.

The last date for all submissions is February 15, 2013. For fees and more details, write to nyindianfilmfest@gmail.com

The week long annual festival is organised by the Indo-American Arts Council, a non-for-profit organization based in North America.